Worship God From a Place of Abundance

Greetings,

Today I am in Spain. I will be teaching this week on New Covenant Realities. We had a great start today with hungry hearts and a loving Father who wants to visit us with His presence and impart His life to us in amazing ways. This is always a delightful and challenging week for the students here at G42. I know that we will have some more ambush times with God and some transformational revelations of His goodness and love.

I have been writing on a culture of honor and today I want to finish on the topic of worship in the culture of honor to God. As I have stated, God does not need us to worship Him. When we sing songs to Him in a service He doesn’t need for us to worship Him. We need to worship Him. We need to recognize who we are. We are an expression of Him. So we give the expression of who we are as a testimony of love to Him. When we do this it changes our world, because He is able to be Himself with us and the blessings of heaven begin to fill our lives. We are not limited by the inherited iniquities of our fathers because God is able to come into our midst and He is a jealous God. He wants to give to us the life-giving, life-transforming substance of who He is. When we recognize that He is the giver we say to Him, “Here we are. We live for you! We worship You! We like being ourselves. We have a great life. Look at what You have done! You created us in your likeness and image. We sing songs to you! We live out loud as an expression of the life of You. We don’t worship to get anything from You!” When we love God like this in spirit and truth, God in His jealousy says, “Wow! I love being Myself with you. I like it when I can be Myself! I love being able to walk into the room and not be resisted in My giving. I love environments where the things coming off of Me are not being thrown back at Me. I love being able to walk into a room and my gifts are not being rejected. I love walking into the room where cheeks are not turning to avoid My kisses. I love walking into My family where their arms are open to receive my hugs and when I hug them the aroma of My perfume sticks on you. The marks of My kisses remain upon you. The gifts that I give become packages to be opened in your midst and heavenly things become discovered in your earthly territory. That is what happens in this worship environment upon the earth. I am not lacking! I don’t lack anything. I am not formless void and dark. I have no emptiness in Me. You cannot give me anything that fills some place in My life. There is nothing missing in Me. You cannot give Me anything that will fill something missing in Me. There is nothing missing in Me! Would you get a revelation? There is nothing missing in you! I like you! Would you look with the eyes that I see and freely give of yourself from security, not from insecurity? Worship is about security. It is not about a need. It is a matter of abundance. You lack nothing!”

In worship our hearts become open to God. The atmosphere of our hearts and minds confess that we don’t lack approval. We do not lack identity. Here we are! We have been carved in the likeness and image of God. “We worship You God! We give all we are to You! We feel good about ourselves but we feel better about You! You make us feel so good! You move our hearts!”

Worship is not coming to God from a place of lack, it is coming to God from abundance and God coming to us in the abundance of who He is. What happens when a family becomes a family of abundance and begins to live in a value of who they are for the sake of who He is?  We are a family that should value who we are and realize we don’t come to God because we need anything from Him. We are not in this family because we need anything. We are in this family because we have been born into this community and we have come to give of who we are in the testimony of who we all are for the glory of God!

When this happens, God the Father says, “Wow! Yes! Let me walk among you. Let Me be the giver, the jealous One, the One who has treasures, rivers, and light streaming from Me. Let me walk in your midst and let me take what you think is good and make it amazing! Let me take what you think is wonderful and make it phenomenal!

When we worship things and think that created things give us identity or a sense of value in some way, when bring a spirit of lack into our gatherings. We begin to look at what is not happening. We begin to look at how our needs are not being met and in doing so we redefine who we are. It doesn’t start with us thinking it is about us. It starts with us measuring others by what doesn’t match our own likeness and image. We then begin to think that we have come together to get what is missing in our lives fulfilled. This is the atmosphere of disappointment and offense. When our brother or our sister doesn’t look at us today and we think, “if they really knew who I am they would have looked at me”. The truth is, if we knew who we are it wouldn’t matter if they looked at us or not, because we would have come to look at them. God understands this. He knows who He is and He knows that worship is not about what we get. It is about what we give. God wants us to enter into the life-transforming reality of a culture of true worship.

Another word for worship is love. Didn’t God love us first? We need to get a revelation of God’s love. He really loves us! Did He love us? Did He love us before we did anything right? What about when we did everything wrong, did He still love us? Did He say, “don’t you dare ever come into My house when there are things wrong in your life?” No He said, “come – you are My house! Don’t worry, if there are any shameful things in your life they will all fall away when I walk into the room. Everything changes when I walk into your midst!

In the midst of worshipping God our world is redefined. A culture of honor is a culture of worship, but worship is never based upon need. We do not worship God because He needs us to worship Him. We do not worship God because we need anything from Him. We worship God because we know that who we are an expression of Him. When we do this He amazes us, because our good world becomes a phenomenal one and we become even better expressions of Him!

We do not understand worship because we were busy carving things in the likeness and image of our lack ­– our insecurities. What will happen when the members of God’s family are no longer insecure?  My grandchildren are secure and worship happens in our house in a sense when my grandchildren express their worship to God in their worship of me. Don’t hear this wrong. We do not worship human beings, but there is an expression of our love and worship for God when we have a right attitude in our love for one another. I give gifts to my grandchildren, but they do not love the gifts that I give more than they love me. My grandson was outside one day and I called on Face Time on the phone while away on a trip. He could see me, although I was thousands of miles away. When I went to say goodbye he was some ways away and my wife asked him if he wanted to say goodbye to his grandpa; he ran across the yard, grabbed the phone and hugged it. He didn’t get anything from the phone. He didn’t come to get anything; he came to give me a hug. He didn’t hug me because he was feeling bad about himself. He didn’t do it to get his needs met. It was like worship. His act of love was a confession to say, “I know who you are grandpa.” I was on the phone a few days earlier He said, Opa, I want you home. Sometimes he calls me on the phone and takes the phone in his bedroom and we play with his trucks. He is not getting anything from me. He just has an image of me. He is not getting anything from me. He is sharing his trucks with me. He is sharing his imagination with me. He is giving himself to me and it makes him come alive when he does. When I make truck noises on the phone it makes his imagination go wild. He loves our conversations, even on the phone. Although we are not together my face and my voice make him come alive. I will say, “does that fire ladder rescue cats? Yes, it rescues cats, Opa.” That is relationship! Worship is a culture of honor. So God made it look like a commandment but it’s not a commandment. it is part of our identity. We love Him, so we worship Him!

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Worship – Allowing God to be Himself!

Greetings;

Wow! My daughter Joanna married the love of her life, Patrick, this past Saturday. What a great day it was and what a blessing to see my daughter begin the amazing adventure of love, marriage, and all the blessings of a new household for the testimony of life! I am a blessed man and we are a blessed family! Life is good and God makes it good!

Today I am going to continue again on the topic of worship in a culture of honor. God doesn’t command us to worship because He needs us to worship Him. When He commanded men to worship Him He was identifying a key element in a culture of honor. We need to worship Him. We need to recognize who He is. We also need to recognize who we are. He is the one who gives us salvation, but we are expressions of Him. He loves us, so that we can love Him. We worship Him! Worship of God is a core value in a culture of honor.

Paul said in Acts chapter 17 that God is not worshipped in temples made of stone. He’s not worshipped with things that are carved by the hands of man. God does not need anything from anyone, but He is the one who gives life, He gives breath, and He gives all things. Paul said that even their own Greek poets had said that God is the father of all flesh. In Him we live and move and have our being.

Acts 17: 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their reappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.

Worship is not about giving God something. It is about allowing Him to be Himself with us and we ourselves with Him. It is all about the full presence of God and the full presence of us in a testimony of truth. It is being real with Him in an atmosphere of love and letting Him do the same with us. When we worship God we create an atmosphere where we can freely receive all that God desires to give to us. He gives us life, breath, and all things. When His presence fills our presence, our lives are changed! God knows this and this is why He has put it within us to worship Him.

When we find ourselves in an isolated lonely place and we recognize who He is and we give our lives to Him, it changes our isolated lonely place to a place where He lives. This is recognizing who He is. In a culture of honor, we don’t just see Him as the first and the best, but we also recognize who we are. The first thing I wrote about was to recognize who He is. We give Him the first and the best because salvation and the liberty of life come from Him. In the expression of worship, we see Him for who He is and we also see ourselves for who we are with Him. The ambiance of worship is love, life, honor, gratitude, thankfulness, awe, and all the expressions of life that exhibit freedom, liberty, and love.

Worship is about recognizing who I am. Who am I? I am an expression of Him. I am a testimony of His love, so I love Him. I am His worship. I don’t need to carve anything; I am the carving. I value who I am so I give all that I am to the One who says I Am who I Am. It changes my world! It changes my isolated separated place to the house of God.

Do you remember Jacob? Jacob was sleeping in an isolated separated place, but then he saw in a dream who he was. He saw a ladder and angels were ascending and descending and He realized that he was the gate of heaven. He realized the place where he was sleeping was the really house of God and he took the rock that was a pillow and turned it into a pillar. He anointed it with oil and he called it the house of God; the place that worships God! This is true individuals, families, and corporate communities of God. We are each an opening for the gate of heaven in the earth. We are expressions of who God His to see all the substance of a heavenly Father revealed in our earthly habitations in this world.

Genesis 28:10 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” 18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

Giving a tenth (tithe) to God is a prophetic response of love. Ten is a symbolic number for a judgment of love. Our responses to God are meant to be nothing less than a judgment of love. He loves us and we cannot help but love Him for who He is with all that we are. Worship is simply an expression of life to the one who gives life and it activates more of God’s life in the place where we reside. Worshipping God in our lives changes our world!

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Honor in Worship

Greetings;

Today I am just finishing a wonderful weekend in Deming, New Mexico. God was very good! Thanks so much to my Deming church family. You guys are great. Pastor Cesar is doing a great job and God is moving in Deming.

Let me continue today with another aspect of honor. I have addressed the need to honor God as the first and the best in all things. Abel was a man who understood this principle of honor. The life that Abel lived opened the door for the life that came through Jesus Christ. It was not the death of Abel, but the life of Abel. Abel gave God the first and he gave God the best. This His attitude and actions of love for God opened the door for God to be who He is among men, the first and the best. At the death of Abel his blood cried out for the blood of Jesus to redeem the nations and generations of men! Jesus was the first and the best for all of mankind, but the honor that Abel showed to God opened the door for the gift of life that came to all men through Jesus Christ.

In Exodus chapter 20 we have what is often called Ten Commandments, but I believe that they are really the ingredients found in a culture of honor. In any culture of honor, honor must be given where honor is due. Our honor is first to God, for He is the One who brings salvation and the liberty of life in every way. He is the deliverance from every form of death in our lives. He is the source of life for our families. He is the source of all of our ways in life. It is His kingdom and His will that is paramount in all things because He is the source of all things. Everything that we do, we do first to honor Him. Even when we are confident and bold in the things that we know we must confess that the source of our confidence is that we have discovered that God is the source of our will. We are becoming a letter written by Him. A letter written by His Holy Spirit in our hearts and in our minds. We cannot just do anything we want to do in life, we first want to honor Him in our wills and actions in life. When we honor Him, He gives us desires that match what He wants. In Exodus 20:4 we see second value found in a culture of honor.

Exodus 20:4-6 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

These verses are about worship. God does not need for us to worship Him. We need to worship Him. Our worship determines what happens to our world, not His. The environment of heaven is nothing but the fullness of life, so our worship is not to make heaven great. Our worship brings the heavenly things of God into the earthly world we live in. Whatever we worship determines the environment of our world. If we worship an image of something created, our world becomes an expression of something created. If we worship the Creator our world becomes an expression of the Creator. The Creator doesn’t tell us to worship Him because He needs something from us. He doesn’t need anything from mankind. He is a jealous God, but He is not jealous in the way that we view jealousy. When we think of jealousy we often think in thoughts like: “I wish had what you have”; “I wish I could get what you have”; “I am really jealous.” If I said to my wife, “Honey I am jealous of you. You are giving your love to other places and you should give it to me.” This is not how God thinks. God doesn’t need anything from us. God is not jealous because He is not getting something from us. He is jealous because we are not allowing Him to give to us all that He desires to give us. When we fail to worship Him, we bind Him from being Himself in our lives. God is not a taker; He is a giver! He is not lacking so that He needs our worship. He has too much to overflowing. When we worship Him He gives us all that He has, not because He is giving us a payment for worshipping Him. He gives to us because we have discovered who He is. When we worship Him we are allowing Him to be Himself in our lives. Instead of giving our love to something that is taking our love, something that needs our love, we are giving love to someone who appreciates our love. When we love Him, He extravagantly loves us because He is honoring us for our love for Him. When we give our worship to God we inspire Him to say, “WOW! I know who you are. Here – this is who I am. Wow! You didn’t have to do that. I don’t have to either, but here let me give of who I am to you. You are being yourself with Me. You are giving our yourself to Me. I am a jealous God. I have always wanted to be Myself with you. Let me give of myself to you. You are being yourself with Me. I want to be myself with you. I have always wanted every opportunity to be myself with you. I have always wanted to give you my love; to give you my blessing.”

We don’t worship Him to get His blessing. We worship Him to be like Him. We are the likeness and image of God, but when we create an image and worship it we are declaring that we can only worship what is like us or what we like. We are declaring that we can only be in relationship with what looks like us. With this, the greatest world we can create is a world that looks like us in whatever image we have seen it to be. We can only create a world in whatever image we have carved. Our world is limited to our own vision and abilities. Whether it is things on earth, in heaven, or in the sea; we are limited to a world that we can create. Whatever we give our lives to is what we worship. Whatever we worship determines the world that we live in because whatever we worship gives its life back to us. This is why the iniquities of the fathers come upon the children, because the illegitimate worship of humanity is less than the values of the Father, God. The weaknesses of our hearts cannot see the greatness of God brought into our world, therefore God must visit our iniquities to transform our worlds by the goodness of His strength.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Honor and Consequence

Greetings,

Today I am headed home after being in the Trail, BC. and Castlegar BC for the weekend. God was very good and the people were very hungry. My son Jonathan ministered with me and we got to tag team as a generational blessings and impartation to the community here. I am believing for MORE here of what has always been wonderful in Christ.

I am going to continue with the topic of honor and God’s plan to show honor to someone who was not honorable to Him. Cain loved the ground more than he did God so God in His love made it so Cain could not attach to the ground easily. He would be a wanderer in the earth. These consequences were not meant to kill him. God did not want him to die. He didn’t want anything or anyone to kill him. So God put a mark on him so that no one would kill him. I believe that mark was a mark of consequence. God’s thinking was, “As long as you continue in this course of direction Cain, there is a consequence. The consequence is there because I want you to be alive. I don’t want you to die. I don’t want anyone to kill you. I want you to turn and to see honor. I want you to come to Me. I am putting a mark on you. I am cursing the thing that you love more than Me so you cannot easily attach to it. I am placing upon you a mark of consequence so you will get a revelation. I want your heart to be able to say, ‘You are the Lord my God. You are the source of my life!’”

Cain went out from the presence of the Lord. Did God kick him out? No! What would be the condition of not leaving? The condition would be to turn and come back to the place of honor and recognize that God is first and God is best, which is what Abel saw. It was not a law! It was a testimony to the source of life. Honor opens the door to life. The ground should honor Cain and give its strength to Cain, but the ground could not give honor to Cain because Cain was not giving honor to God. So what did Cain’s life end up looking like? He went on a journey of wandering. He went to a land of wandering (Nod). This place of wandering was no longer in Eden, a place meaning “desirable”, a place of intimacy and relationship with God. It was not in a place of relationship with God. He had a child named Enoch – meaning ‘dedicated’. He then built a city, a big empire, a business, something he created. He named it Enoch, ‘dedicated’. He became ‘dedicated’ to what he could do. All of his family was dedicated to what they could do. If you follow the journey of the genealogy of the descendants of Cain you will find a descendant named Leech. Lamech means, ‘mighty power belongs to God’. This man was known for sining the song of bitterness to those around him in life.

Genesis 4:19-24 Then Lamech took for himself two wives:the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. And Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and flute. And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal- Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubal- Cain was Naamah. Then Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech! For I have killed a man for wounding me, even a young man for hurting me. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy- sevenfold.

Lamech had three wives and it doesn’t say that he produced children, but his wives bore children. These children were merchant traders of livestock, creators of music and culture, and industrialists of bronze and iron. By all the standards of the world the family of Cain became entrepreneurs, artists, and inventors of new things. They became those who did all the great things that human beings do without God. They were the most successful people on the entire planet, but they didn’t know who they were because they didn’t know who God was. They ended up dying in the flood.

But after the death of Abel, Adam and Eve had another son. His name was Seth, meaning ‘fresh appointment’. Seth had a son named Enosh, meaning ‘mortal man’ – ‘I know I am going to die someday’.  At that time men who knew they would die someday turned and began to pray to God.

Genesis 4:25-26 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.” And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.

If you follow that family line they also produced an Enoch – ‘dedicated’. While the great city of Enoch of Cain existed upon planet earth there was also a humble man named Enoch and he walked with God.

Genesis 4:19-24 After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty- two years; and he died. Enoch lived sixty- five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty- five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

One day Enoch got so close to God’s house and he just stayed with Him. The dedication of his life was one of intimacy with God. His focus was on God, who is the first and best. Enoch honored the one who gives life and he didn’t die. He had a son named Methuselah, the oldest living human being on planet earth.

Genesis 4:25-27 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty- seven years, and begot Lamech. After he begot Lamech, Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty- two years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty- nine years; and he died.

The descendants of Seth through Methuselah end up producing another man named Lamech. There were two Lamechs on planet earth at the same time. One was tremendously successful. The other was very significant. The significant one had his eyes focused in the right place. He had a son named Noah whose name means ‘rest’.

Genesis 4:28-29 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty- two years, and had a son. And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.

God found a man that He could rest in and thus when He flooded the earth He said He could rest in the family of Noah. He would destroy the earth, but where He rests it would be new again. The heart of the Father was towards the children and the hearts of children towards the Father. What was God looking for? He was looking for a family. He wasn’t looking for entrepreneurs, musicians, or industrialists. God wasn’t looking for successful people who were dedicated to conquer the earth. He was looking for a family who could inherit the earth. He was looking for a family of honor who would honor Him for who He was and the earth could honor them for who they were in the earth. God could rest there. God was looking for the family who knew who He is and who they are in the earth. This is the place of honor. The future of the earth rests there.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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How Does A Father Restore Honor?

Greetings;

It’s another great day in the Northwest of the U.S. Pastor Jonathan did a great job yesterday and the presence of Holy Spirit and the family of God was wonderful. It is great to be a part of the community of God. I am looking forward to being with some Canadian friends this coming weekend. I know God is going to do good things.

If you read the story in Genesis chapter 4 you will find how a Father who is honorable deals with a son who has been dishonorable. God looked at the situation and He realized that the only way He could bring honor to a dishonorable reality was by doing something that would bring the dishonorable individual back to the source of honor. Cain could not honor God and he could not honor his brother Abel, because he honored the work of his hands more than he honored the Creator. Honor is love. It is a testimony of recognizing who someone is. God said to Cain, “Didn’t I tell you if you do good all would be well.”

Genesis 4:7 “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

Cain fell for the sin that was at his door and now God cursed the ground for Cain’s sake. God did not curse Cain. He cursed the place of dishonor. The thing that was being honored above God was cursed for Cain’s sake. Creation was being honored above the Creator. God wanted his son Cain to discover the Creator.

Genesis 4:10-12 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”

The earth would no longer give its strength to Cain. It would no longer honor him. God did not curse Cain. He cursed the thing that Cain was attached to. He cursed the place of dishonor in Cain’s life. He cursed the ground for Cain’s sake. God wanted Cain to turn and attach to the One who gives life and liberty. He wanted Cain to see his own need for who God was in his life. God did not care if the sin was great, because God is the one who frees all men from sin. He is the one who brings us out of Egypt; He brings us out of darkness. God is the one who sets us at liberty. It was not too late for Cain. God wanted Cain to discover honor, but it was dishonorable for Cain to love the ground more than the place of honor. So now the place the Cain loved was cursed for his sake. It would no longer honor him. God’s hope was that Cain would turn and honor God so that honor would be restored in his life and the curse would be broken in the earth. But Cain said, “This is too much for me!”

Genesis 4:13-14 And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear! Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.”

Cain said, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. This is more than I can bear. Why are You so judgmental in my life? Why have you made a decision about me God as though I have no good opinion? Why are you speaking curses over things that I am doing?” Cain might have been thinking, “Why are you cursing me?” But God was not cursing Cain. Cain said, “Surely you have driven me out from the face of the ground and I will be hidden from Your face. Anyone who finds me will kill me.”

Did God say he would be hidden from His face? No, He did not. Sin did not separate God from Cain. It separated Cain from God. God still recognized who Cain was. He said, “Sin is at your door, if you do honorably it will be well with you.” God did not say, “Cain go away from me! I never want to see you again!” God created an environment that said, “Cain, I do not approve of your focus. I cannot bless what you are focusing on. I am making a judgment on your behalf. I have cursed what you are focusing on so you will turn and focus upon what you should be focusing on. I don’t want your world to be cursed, but unless you turn your heart to the Father you cannot recognize that the heart of the Father is already towards you.” God was thinking, “Cain I know who you are. You are the first. You are the best, but you do not know who you are. Now you are a taker. You are looking to find things in order to take things from the earth to make you strong. You are looking to take honor to make you strong. But strength doesn’t come from what you can take. Honor is not something you take from anyone or anything. I am the Lord your God who brings you out of Egypt, out of darkness, out of bondage – you shall have no other God’s before Me. I am your source. I am the giver of life. I want you to turn towards inheritance.” So Cain says, “This is too much! I will die!”

Genesis 4:16-17 Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son — Enoch.

God’s curse upon the ground was an act of honoring Cain. As long as Cain attached to the ground he was going to be attaching to something that could not give him life. God wants us all to find life, but to find that life we must all first attach to Him! We must honor the Creator above all of creation. He is First before us and He is the Last in all that we do. He must fill all in all for us to see His glory in all that we are and do.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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The Ground Cries Out For Honor!

Greetings;

Once again, I write to you today from Washington State and the wonderful Northwest corner of the U.S. – It is good to be home with family enjoying summer days and summer life. I am writing again today on the subject of honor.

The very first family of humanity demonstrated a testimony of honor to God in the offerings given by the sons of Adam. Abel’s offering was one of honor, while Cain’s offering was a self-focused and self-willed action. Abel’s offering to God was not something given to God for God’s sake. It was something given to God for man’s sake. He didn’t give his offering to God to get something from God. He gave his offering because he was inspired by who He recognized God to be in his life. Abel, a human being, needed to recognize whom God was. He recognized that God was the first and God was the best. There was no commandment. There was only a revelation of honor. He recognized that God was the first and God was the best. It was therefore easy to give God the first and the best because he understood in His heart who God was. Because He saw who God really was it was easy for Him to give offerings that were expressions of who God was. God honored Abel because Abel’s offerings were ones of honor to Him.

In the life of Cain, the first born, it was different. Cain was busy working the ground. He was growing crops. His main focus in life was what he could do. He was concerned with what he could create. His ambition was towards what land he could possess. He was busy looking at what came out from his own labors in the earth. He wasn’t looking at what came out from another. Cain was the first, before any other human being was born, not created, but born. Before his brother Abel was born Cain was the first and Cain was the best. There were no other born human beings. Before there was a single child added to the family he was the first and the best born on planet earth. But he did not recognize who he was because he did not recognize who God was. So his focus in life was what he could create. His ambition was for what could come from his own labors in the earth. His ventures were for how successful he could be, and then in the back of his mind as a second thought he knew that he should also remember God. It says of Cain that after a process of time he gave an offering to God. Cain did not have an offering problem. He gave God an offering. Cain had an honor problem. His vision of honor was in the wrong direction. His vision of honor was, “What can I accomplish in life?” He should have turned the other direction and asked the question, “Father what have you determined about me in life? What have you determined about us in life? God You are the deliverer, the One who gives freedom, and sets at liberty! You are the First and you are the Best.” The one human being on planet earth who was the first and the best should have recognized the source of his being. He was the only human being on planet earth that at one point in history it could be said he was the first and he was the best. The moment his little brother was born, he was one of two. Before his little brother was born he was the only one. It should have been easy to receive a revelation that he was the first and he was the best. He should have asked himself the question, “Why am I the first?” Because God is the first! “Why am I the best?” Because God is the best! You see, Cain didn’t have a revelation of honor. Honor lives in the realm of revelation. Honor is found in truth. Honor is a culture of truth. It comes by a living reality of an understanding that comes by love. In the story, what does Cain do? Cain proves to be a dishonorable man. He does not recognize who God is and he is therefore not able to recognize who members of the family are. He could not see his brother Abel as an expression of himself. He did not see him of the same DNA, of the same family destiny. He did not recognize that his brother was precious, one of a kind. He did not recognize that he could not live without his brother. He didn’t understand that by himself he was not the fullness of family, but with his brother they were the first of a great inheritance. He was now willing to destroy his brother, not realizing that if he destroyed his brother he would be destroying the family inheritance. So he kills his brother and God walks in the neighborhood. He says, “Cain, have you seen Abel? I have been looking for Abel, have you seen Him?” If Cain had understood honor it would never bother him if God the Father came and said, “Have you seen Cain?” “Have you seen your brother?” If he had a revelation of honor he would gladly help God find Abel. Now, we know in the story Abel was dead so his brother cannot look. He responds to God in a tone and manner of dishonor. “What am I? Am I my brother’s keeper?” Where there is no honor there is a reaction to honor, to the source of honor. Cain says, “What am I? Am I my brother’s keeper? Who do you think I am? Do you think I am you?” Cain’s reaction was full of accusation. It was like saying, “He is not my job! He is not my responsibility! If you can’t find him he is not my problem.” Honor recognizes that who we are is dependent upon who all of us are. Now Cain had killed Abel and God said to Cain, “What is this I hear crying out to me. Why is the ground crying out with the blood of Abel.” The earth had been dishonored. The ground had been dishonored because something greater than the ground had been brought down to its level. A child of God had been treated with the same value as the dirt and now the earth was crying out because it had been defiled. It could not honor Abel anymore. The earth wants to honor humanity. Honor gives value to another for who they are. A child of God had been sacrificed and now the earth was bound from fulfilling its destiny. You see, the blood of Abel was a dishonor in the earth. Honor has to do with destiny. As a result a curse came into the earth and God had to deal with the situation with Cain. God had to deal with a dishonorable situation with honor. I will write next week in regard to God’s honorable remedy for the dishonor that was bound in the earth.

We must honor God, and we must honor the likeness and the image of God above all other created things. To honor created things above the Creator and His children is to dishonor the earth. The earth wants to honor mankind, but when mankind dishonors the earth, the ground cries out for the true children of God to manifest in honor! That honor is honor to the Father, and honor to the Father’s children. This creates a cultural generation of honor where the hearts of the children are for the fathers and the hearts of the fathers are for the children. It is then that the earth rejoices and yields its fruit in great blessing.

Blessings,

Ted J. Hanson

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Honor For Who God Is

Greetings;

Blessings to you all from Bellingham during this wonderful season called summer. It is a little cooler here in the Northwest, but it is green and beautiful as the summers are here. It is good to be home ready for another week of teaching, training, development, and relationship. Bonnie and I had a great time yesterday at Everyone’s Church in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Thank you Pastor Brice and the congregation there.

I have been addressing a topic of honor in the church and honor as members of the community of Christ in the earth. Exodus chapter 20 reveals what we believe to be Ten Commandments. When we view God as a Sovereign ruler we often misunderstand His words to us. When we see Him as our Father we understand Him more clearly. The Israelites interpreted that God gave them Ten Commandments, but I believe that God never desired to merely give Ten Commandments. God’s desire was that the earth would be freed from every curse. God’s desire was that the children of God would become the testimony of Him in the earth. I propose that the Ten Commandments are not commandments. I believe they are attributes of a culture of honor. They are the attributes of values found in the character, nature, and way of the family of God. They are the attributes of what it looks like when the father’s hearts are for the children and the children’s hearts are for the fathers. In these commandments God began by speaking these words:

Exodus 20:2-3 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.”

God brought us out of darkness, out of sin, and the house of bondage. He brought us out of sin and the strongholds that held us to that sin. He is the Lord our God, we shall have no other God’s before Him. We could look at this as a commandment, but if we look at this as a commandment we become bound as slaves and we view God no differently then we view Egyptian taskmasters. These words spoken by God are not words intended for us to exchange one slave master for another. I believe that these words reveal the first secret of living in a culture of honor. Honor is recognizing who someone else is and giving an expression to them that confirms who they are. That expression should include our attention, our affection, and our time. This culture of honor begins with our honor for who God is in our lives. We cannot confirm who another is unless we first confirm who their Creator is. We cannot confirm who another is unless we first confirm who their Savior is. We cannot look at another human without looking at God first. If we look at someone else without looking at who God is in their lives, we will look at them according to their bondages. We will make a judgment of them according to their flaws. We will judge them according to the flesh. This same measure is true for how we behold ourselves. Before we can look at someone else, or even ourselves, and make a proper assessment of who they or we are, we must first look at who God is in our lives as the children of humanity. God brings us out of darkness. He brings us out of bondage. He brings us out of the things that put us in bondage. There is no situation that is unredeemable. We cannot make a judgment of another human being according to the flesh if we make a proper assessment of whom God is for the life of every human soul.

So God joins us together in a family, just as He did in the very first family in the beginning of creation. In the first family, Adam and Eve had a baby named Cain and then Cain got a little brother named Abel. The younger brother received a revelation of who God was. He began to act honorably. Abel gave God offerings, as did Cain, but God only respected the offerings of Abel .

Genesis 4:1-5 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

The offerings of Cain were not the honor due to God. Cain’s offerings lacked the spirit of honor that was found in the offerings of Abel. Cain didn’t have an offering problem, he had an honor problem. His obvious discouragement when God did not respect His offering reveals that he was giving to get something from Him. He was slow to give because he loved his offering more than he did God.  It is the spirit of an offering that makes it what it is. Abel gave offerings of the first; when he had his first lamb in his flock, he gave it to God. His offering was also the best; when he had many sheep he picked the best one and gave it to God. God does not need the first or the best. Abel’s offering to God was not something given to God for God’s sake. It was something given to God for man’s sake. Abel, a human being, needed to recognize whom God was. He recognized that God was the first and God was the best. There was no commandment. There was only a revelation of honor. He recognized that God was the first and God was the best. It was therefore easy to give God the first and the best because he understood in His heart who God was. Because He saw who God really was it was easy for Him to give offerings that were expressions of who God was. God honored Abel because Abel’s offerings were ones of honor to God. God was in awe of what Able did. He respected His offering. He recognized who Abel was. He saw Abel as a child of God. The heart of the Father was for the son, because the heart of the son was clearly for the Father. There was no control. There was simply a recognizing of who God was by Abel. The son realized: ‘The Father makes me free!” “The Father sets me at liberty!” “He is first and He is the best!” The actions of Abel’s life were simply confessions of who God was to him. The things that Abel did were confessions of who God was in his life. It was easy for God to look at Abel and make confessions of whom he was. God’s respect was that of a father for a son who had come to a revelation of honor in his heart towards his father.

Cain was the firstborn son and he should have had the revelation that Abel did, but he failed because he didn’t see who God really was. I will address this in next week’s blog. Consider who God is in your life. He is the first and the best! He brings you freedom, salvation, and liberty. He gives you life, breath, and all things! Recognizing Him for who He really is empowers us to be who we should be in this life.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Whom He Honors – He Prunes

Greetings;

Happy 4th of July to my friends in the U.S. I hope you are celebrating with family and friends. Happy Canada day for my Canadian friends who celebrated on the 1st. It was good to be home and to minister at Alife yesterday. I am looking forward to a good day with family as we celebrate the 4th of July. More than my freedom as an American I appreciate my dependency upon Christ. This is what makes me truly free!

Jesus compared our relationship with Him with that of being branches on a vine. God honors the vine by pruning it. God honors us by pruning us. He cuts away the things that are dead. He trims back the things that grow quickly, but will not carry the weight of the destiny of the future. That is part of a culture of honor.

John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

John 15:5-6 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

Pruning is an honorable thing to do for the vine. The objective is to prune it for its own destiny and purpose. I have fruit trees in my garden. I also have grape vines and with grape vines you cut a lot off vines every year. Last fall I cut my grape vines way back. Now they are grapes growing to maturity everywhere on my vines. During the dormant season I went to my apple trees and I examined how they were shaped. I cut off the branches that were not matching the destiny of fruit so that the other branches would be able to bear more fruit. In that process I was honoring the destiny of the tree. There are branches on the tree that if I don’t tend to them would grow straight up. If I have feelings for the branches of the tree that are beyond the feelings of a creator, or less than the feelings of a creator, and I will look at that tree and I say, “I will never cut a branch off this tree.” I might think that I am being kind and I don’t want to hurt anything, but I am being less than a creator in my thinking. In my own life God honors me by removing things that are not beneficial to my destiny. He shapes my attitudes. He shapes my desires so I will bear more fruit. It is the same in a family. A family’s attitudes are shaped. A family’s attributes and characteristics are shaped so the family will fulfill a family purpose. That is honorable. God honors the vine by pruning it. God honors me by pruning me. He cuts away the things that are dead and trims back the things that grow quickly, but will not carry the weight of the fruit of the future. That is part of a culture of honor. So I pruned my trees last year in my garden and now I have many apples and pears, but some things were cut.

When we talk about honor we are not just saying anything goes. We are talking about relationship. When we talk about honor we are not just talking about kind love on the surface. We are talking about a relationship filled with destiny.

In Malachi chapter 4, we find the last verse of the Old Covenant prophets before the prophetic voice of God was silent for 430 years. There were historic things written, but nothing was said prophetically after this. This is the last word that was prophetically spoken concerning destiny of humanity. The next word that came from God was the word made flesh in the form of Jesus Christ.

Malachi 4:6 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.

God does not want the earth to be cursed. He desires to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children to the children to the fathers so that there will be generational blessings of life in the earth. He wants to eradicate and cleanse the earth from all curses of dishonor. A culture of honor creates an environment where fathers live for the future generations and the future generations live to fulfill the destiny of the fathers. Jesus said a scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of God is like the head of a house who draws from their treasure things that have never been seen, heard, or thought before and things that were antique and lost before their time.

Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

When someone realizes the purpose of life is God’s kingdom they accept the responsibility of who they are. They are then able to say, ‘here I am’ and they are able to unlock things that have never been and give continues destiny to things that were before. This is a culture of honor. Honor is a force of life that leads to the generational blessings of inheritance, but honor begins with God.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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Honor is Sourced In God’s Thoughts

Greetings;

Wow! What a great week with the RIM leaders and various RIM connections. Thank you to those who came and thank you to those who prayed for a good gathering for us all. God’s presence was wonderful and the leading of the Holy Spirit was a treasure. Today I am in Wisconsin after a good family reunion on Saturday. I am now having a special time with a life-long friend. Before my day begins, let me continue on the subject of honor.

Honor is a respect for who someone is. If someone says they are not part of our lives than our respect has to be as being separate from their lives. We must remain willing for whatever the future may hold for relationship as God may bring about a healing and restoration of connection, but that willingness of restoration begins with a willingness to accept that we are now separate. We must honor the decisions of others towards us in life. Our love must remain intact in the midst of separations, but respect for separations must include an open attitude of reconnection.

A culture of honor is a culture of truth, love, nobility, and recognition of others for who they are. Truth is based upon who and what God says we are, not upon our own perceptions that are often based upon our own deceptions. Love always begins with an attitude and judgment of mercy towards others, but also invites others to continue in a relationship of grace. Grace can only be given to someone who chooses to walk with us with a desire to see a testimony of life for what the future holds. It is freely offered to everyone, but only experienced by those who search for it and find it. Grace must be available for all who seek it, but grace must be found. It is the testimony of relationship. Mercy is a welcome to grace and grace is the testimony of covenant and transformational change. Grace empowers us to be a culture of nobility. A culture of nobility is one that seeks to live for the sake of the kingdom. A community of God is an expression of the kingdom of God; therefore true honor is for God’s will and not for the will of individual members of the community. We honor others for their decisions, but it is deceptive to think that honor for them is a blind acceptance of their decisions to embrace something that is not God’s will or way in life. We can respect them for their decisions, but if someone chooses to live in an uncovenanted way, we must treat them as un-covenanted people. Like Jesus, we must treat them as sinners and tax collectors. We don’t hate them nor do we condemn them. We invite them to follow us in the way of God, but we don’t follow them in the ways of sin. We don’t condemn them for their sin; neither do we condone their sin as though embracing a way of life that has not been authorized by God is honorable. We love by accepting them, but we do not condone any lifestyle of actions that opposes the character, nature, way, power, or authority of God. It is by this that we demonstrate honor for God and for the truth of who and what God says we each are.

What is honor? Honor is recognizing the value of someone else and then giving him or her something of us; our attitude, and our action as a testimony of recognizing who he or she are. When we give honor to someone we give something of ourselves to approve and distinguish the value of who they are. Within a healthy sphere of life there is a healthy measure of honor between joining members of that sphere. A culture of honor embodies an atmosphere and a reality that always thinks life. Life honors life! Honor creates, promotes, inspires and protects life. Honorable life does not produce the fruit of death.

Even when we have problems we must always think of how we can bring life to the situation. If I was in a snowstorm and I was stranded in the mountains for many days it is very likely that I would freeze my fingers and my toes and I would have trouble in my body. I would need to recognize that I have trouble in my body and it is a danger to my very life. In that situation some difficult decisions would have to be made that would recognize the value of who I am as a person. Those decisions would involve pain and sacrifice. Sometimes honor includes difficult situations and decisions. If I want to live I would have to remove what is dead in my body. If I don’t cut away what is dead the rest of me will be dead.

We tend to think in humanistic ways. Sometimes we confuse wisdom with abuse by believing that wisdom from God will never involve pain or decisions that cause pain in the body. We often think that honor involves being kind to one another, but in the case of having frozen fingers or frozen toes, the kind thing to do is to take some drastic measures of amputation in order to preserve the life of my body. If I want to live I have to remove what is dead or the rest of me is going to be dead. Honor sometimes includes hard decisions.

In John chapter 15, Jesus compared our relationship with Him with that of being branches on a vine.

John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

John 15:5-6 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

In this story there are branches that are dead that are removed and there are branches that are fruitful that are cut back. The process of cutting can be viewed as painful to the vine and very misunderstood by someone who loves the vine more than they do the vinedresser. The vinedresser is God our Father and He knows the value of who we are. His act of pruning is an action of honor to who we are as part of the vine. The vinedresser does this so the vine will produce much fruit. He cuts things off that are dead and He even prunes living branches in order to shape them in a way that will produce fruit and carry the weight of fruit without breaking branches. No branch is allowed to simply grow for the glory of itself. If we have feelings for the branches of the vine beyond the feelings of the Creator, or less than the feelings of the Creator, we will fall short of honor by resisting what the Creator sees to do. We might think we are being kind when we don’t want to harm anything, but we are being less than the Creator in our thinking. In our own lives God honors us by removing things that are not beneficial to the fullness of life. He shapes our attitudes and our desires so that we will bear more fruit. A family’s attitude must be shaped and the attributes and characteristics of a family must be shaped in order to fulfill the purpose and destiny of the family. That process is honorable.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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A Community of Honor

Greetings;

It was great to be home birthdays, family, Father’s day and the blessings of my church community. I am looking forward to a great week with my RIM brothers and a gathering in Bellingham.

Today I am beginning a series on the subject of honor and a culture of honor. Honor as a noun is a tangible symbol given to another that signifies approval or distinction of who they are. It is recognizing of who another is and acknowledging it through the attitudes and actions of our lives in the direction of another. When we give honor to someone we give something of ourselves to approve and distinguish the value of who they are. The value of each and every human being is that of being a one and only. God gave His only begotten Son as the price of redemption for each and every person in the history of humanity. This is deserving of honor. Our honor for each person is an honor for the only begotten Son of God. It is an honor for the value that God has placed upon each and every person that has ever lived or will ever live upon the earth.

The community of God is a community of honor toward one another and it must therefore be community of God that nurtures and exhibits a culture of honor. A culture of honor is a culture of truth, love, nobility, and a recognition of others for who they are. In a culture of truth we recognize who someone really is, but we don’t pretend they are something they are not. It is not honorable to recognize someone for who they are not. True honor is not something given to what someone thinks they are, it is something given to who they really are. This includes an honor for us. When we don’t know who we are we don’t treat ourselves honorably. When we don’t know who another is we don’t treat them honorably. It is dishonorable to put an identity upon someone that God did not give them. For this reason, true honor begins with knowing who God is. If we don’t know who God is, we will not know who He says we are. We will end up giving ourselves false identities and then expect others to honor us in our lives. This is not the testimony of honor. Honor only works in truth.

Honor is also found in love. For this reason a culture of honor always chooses life. A culture of honor deals with things that are wrong, but the focus is never on what is right or wrong. The focus of honor is always life! We must look at situations and always choose what will bring life. A culture of honor must find its foundation in the Tree of Life, not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The family tree of the community of God is the Tree of Life. For this reason, our honor towards one another must be based upon a revelation of love. A culture of honor must be rooted in a revelation – a revelation of who another is and a revelation of love.

Familiarity is an enemy of honor because honor involves faith towards another. Sometimes natural experiences blind us to the truth of who someone is. When this happens it is a test of love for them. The opposite of faith is natural sight. When we base our honor towards another upon how they treat us, or how we perceive them to treat us, we fall short in having an attitude towards them that is one of love. Faith only works through love and faith is demonstrated in our actions towards them. How we act toward others in a culture of honor is based upon a revelation of love and a testimony of faith. Without a revelation of love our actions will often be motivated by fear and fear is not an atmosphere the can be inhabited by honor.

Many believe that honor is absent of judgment, but this is not true. A justice system of good and evil requires a judgment, but true honor is found in the justice system of love. In honor there is judgment, but the ultimate judgment of honor is one of mercy towards another. Mercy ends the judgment of condemnation towards another and invites them to live in a relationship of grace. Mercy is the beginning of every new day in a culture of honor, but grace is the furtherance of new days. Mercy ends the past and opens the door to the future, but grace requires an ongoing willing relationship. We cannot give someone grace unless they invite us into their lives. There is a different honor for those in relationship than for those who choose to not be in relationship. When someone treats us dishonorably we still choose to embrace a culture of honor towards him or her. That honor however, can only be one of mercy by not condemning them for their actions. This is not releasing them from the consequences of their own actions. It is simply preventing us from entering into negative consequences for our own actions. Each person is responsible for his or her attitude and actions towards another. When someone’s actions are less than honorable the consequences are less than life giving. If someone chooses to disconnect in their relationship with us it is honorable to respect their decision and honor them by showing them mercy for any miss giving or misunderstandings they may have projected in our direction. To expect them to remain is relationship with us is less than honorable to their decision. Love says we must show them mercy, but love also says we must allow them to experience any consequences they may have placed upon themselves for their own decision in the matter.

Blessings,

 

Ted J. Hanson

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